Congressman Chet Edwards
Congressman Chet Edwards (1991-2011) represented portions of North Texas, Central Texas and the Brazos Valley in Washington. Congressman Edwards served as a respected member on both the House Budget and the Appropriations Committees, as well as on the Financial Services Appropriations Subcommittee, as vice chair of the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee and co-chair of the House Army Caucus. During his post, he became known as a national champion for America's Veterans, troops and their families. After becoming chairman of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee in 2007, Congressman Edwards authored an historic $17.7 billion increase in funding for Veterans health care and benefits, the largest increase in Veterans funding in the history of the Veterans Administration. He also played a key role in enacting the 21st Century GI Bill of Rights into law that covers the full cost of a college education for our troops. In 2008, both the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars recognized Congressman Edwards' leadership with their national awards given to only one member of Congress. Currently, Congressman Edwards is a Distinguished Professor of Public Service at Baylor University and serves on the Army National Cemeteries Advisory Commission.
John Ely is a 35-year veteran of the federal contracting environment, where he held key leadership positions in the Departments of Defense, Treasury and Homeland Security. Much of this experience lives in the field of information technology systems and services acquisition. Mr. Ely possesses a wealth of knowledge around the federal acquisition environment, especially in the areas of contract capture and successful contract performance. He served as the Procurement Executive for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) from 2004 to early 2011 and was responsible for an annual contract spend of over $3.4 billion dollars. Under Mr. Ely’s leadership the organization became a center of excellence for the acquisition of information technology products and services, aircraft and marine vessels, architect, engineering and construction services and of law enforcement subsistence products. Prior to joining CBP, Mr. Ely served for 13 years as a senior procurement executive at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), where he led the information technology acquisition organization and was subsequently appointed as Deputy Executive Director of Procurement. His accomplishments at IRS included the creation of the award-winning Treasury Information Processing Support Service (TIPSS) program and the hardware-oriented Treasury Departmental Acquisition (TDA). He received the General Services Administration’s Trail Boss of the Year award for his acquisition leadership in implementing the TIPSS program. Mr. Ely spent his first 15 years of federal service in the Department of Defense negotiating contracts in support of the Department of the Army and Office of the Secretary of Defense. His efforts resulted in the award of essential contracts for joint-service health care systems and other military applications. Mr. Ely holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland.
Dennis Fischer is currently the director for Government Innovation at Grant Thornton LLC, a leading international consulting firm. Mr. Fischer has served as the commissioner of the General Services Administration's Federal Technology Service (GSA FTS); as the chief financial officer of GSA; as the deputy assistant secretary, finance and deputy CFO of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and recently as the vice president, Sales & Integration at VISA U.S.A. Mr. Fischer also has served in numerous government-wide management roles including positions with: the Government Information Technology Services Board, the Federal CFO Council, the General Accounting Office Governmental Auditing Standards Advisory Council, the Joint Financial Management Improvement Program (JFMIP) Steering Committee and the Cost Accounting Standards Board.
Vincette L. Goerl
Vincette Goerl is a federal financial management professional with nearly 40 years of experience as both a federal public servant and private sector consultant. She served in financial management leadership positions at the Environmental Protection Agency, General Services Administration, Department of Treasury and the Department of Agriculture during her 28 year federal career. Ms. Goerl developed her broad-based expertise in federal management through positions in financial management, financial management systems, budget formulation and execution, planning and performance measurement and information technology. Among her senior executive service positions, Ms. Goerl served as the first chief financial officer (CFO) at the U.S. Customs Service from 1994 to 1998, where she was responsible for the management of resources totaling almost $5B and the collection of over $22B in duty and excise taxes. She managed a staff of over 500 that provided financial, budget, facilities, property and procurement services to the agency. She also served as the first CFO at the U.S. Forest Service from 1998 to 2001 with agency resources exceeding $5B and a workforce of over 35,000. While CFO, Ms. Goerl successfully implemented a new financial management system nationwide and conducted the first inventory of over 45,000 real property assets valued over $5B. Since she retired in 2001, Ms. Goerl has provided federal financial management consulting and advisory services in three private sector companies, including Daston Corporation, CGI Federal, and most recently at her own company, Goerl Consulting, LLC. She has provided consulting advice to CFOs, Deputy CFOs, and other senior executives in the General Services Agency, NASA, Department of Homeland Security, Office of Personnel Management, Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development, the Department of Justice, among others. She is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and a CFO SAGE (Strategic Advisors to Government Executives) at the Partnership for Public Service. She graduated with a B.S. in History and Political Science from McPherson College in McPherson College, where she also serves on the College Board of Trustees.
Major General (Ret) Elder Granger, MD, FACP, FACPE, CMQ
MG Granger, MD is founder and president of The 5Ps, LLC, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), providing cutting edge information technology solutions to commercial and government agencies. In July of 2009, after 37 years of military service, he retired as the deputy director and program executive officer of the TRICARE Management Activity, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs). In this role he served as the principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) on Department of Defense (DoD) health plan policy and performance, overseeing the acquisition, operation and integration of DoD's managed care program within the Military Health System covering 9.4 million uniformed service members, their families, retirees and others worldwide. Prior to joining TRICARE Management Activity, MG Granger led the largest U.S. and multi-national battlefield health system in our recent history while serving as Commander, Task Force 44th Medical Command and Command Surgeon for the Multinational Corps Iraq. He has led at every level of the Army Medical Department. MG Granger began his career with the Army Medical Department in 1971 as a Combat Medic in the U.S. Army National Guard. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Arkansas State University in 1976. A Distinguished Military Graduate, MG Granger was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps. Upon graduation from the University of Arkansas School of Medicine in 1980, he was awarded the Henry Kaiser Medical Fellowship for Medical Excellence and Leadership. MG Granger completed a residency in Internal Medicine in 1983 and a fellowship in Hematology-Oncology in 1986 at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center. His military education includes the Army War College, the Army Command and General Staff College, the Army Medical Department Officer Advanced and Basic Courses, the Military Health System and Army CAPSTONE Courses and the Combat Casualty Care Course.
Colonel (Ret) Steve Green
Steve Green is a retired Colonel with more than twenty seven years of active service in the United States Army. During his military service as a logistician, he served in Germany, Korea, Hawaii, Saudi Arabia and the continental U.S. in positions ranging from platoon leader to the senior advisor for Logistics within the Army Secretariat in the Pentagon. His assignments included the Army staff, the Army and Air Force Exchange Service and the United States Pacific Command. Col. Green commanded units through battalion level and served as Chief of Staff of both U.S. Army Security Assistance Command, a major subordinate command within U.S. Army Materiel Command, as well as the 19th Theater Support Command, Eight U.S. Army in Korea. He is a Joint Service officer and a 2003 graduate of the Army War College. Prior to arriving at FedBid in October 2010, after retirement from the U.S. Army, Col. Green worked as vice president, business development, for Virtual Agility, Inc. based in Winchester, MA.
General (Ret) Benjamin Saunders Griffin
General Benjamin Saunders Griffin is renowned for his highly-accomplished, 38-year career in the United States Military as an Army Officer; the last fourteen as a General Officer. His lauded leadership career includes nine command assignments at every level, ranging from Infantry Platoon Leader in the 82nd Airborne Division to Division Commander of the 4TH Infantry Division. His final command assignment as a Four-Star General, was as the Commanding General of the Army Materiel Command, he retired on January 1, 2009. Prior to that he respectfully served as the Department of the Army Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8. His command tours included two Company-level commands, an Airborne Infantry Company, Commander Mechanized Infantry Battalion, Commander Light Infantry Brigade, Commanding General Joint Task Force, Assistant Division Commander Armored Cavalry Division, Commanding General Mechanized Infantry Division and Commanding General Army Materiel Command. He served nine years overseas and held four assignments in the Pentagon: Director of Force Programs—Army G3; Operations Research/Systems Analyst—Operations & Readiness Division—Army G3; Special Assistant to the Army Chief of Staff; and in his last Pentagon assignment as a Lieutenant General as the Army G8, responsible for Program Analysis and Evaluation, Force Development and the Center for Army Analysis. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Old Dominion University, an MBA from Mercer University and an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Old Dominion University. His military education includes the Infantry Officer Candidate School, Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Command and General Staff College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Along with his role on FedBid’s Board of Advisors, General Griffin actively serves as the Chairman of the Board for the Military Child Education Coalition, co-chairs the Greater Fort Hood Retiree Council and serves as a Senior Executive Associate for the Army Aviation Association of America.
Dr. Steven Kelman
Dr. Steven Kelman is the Weatherhead Professor of Public Management at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Dr. Kelman is the author of many books and articles on the policymaking process and on improving the management of government organizations, with his latest book, “Unleashing Change: A Study of Organizational Change in Government”, published in June 2005 by the Brookings Institution Press. He is a frequent contributor to Federal Computer Week and currently serves as editor of the International Public Management Journal. From 1993 through 1997, Dr. Kelman served as Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy in the White House's Office of Management and Budget. During his tenure, he played a primary role in the Administration's "reinventing government" effort, leading the Administration's support for the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994 and the Federal Acquisition Reform Act of 1995. In l996, he was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. In 2001, he received the Herbert Roback Memorial Award, the highest achievement award of the National Contract Management Association and in 2003 he was elected as a Director of The Procurement Roundtable.
Kevin R. Maloney
Kevin R. Maloney is a recognized high-tech sales and marketing leader, with expertise in developing and guiding strategic initiatives proven to significantly boost revenue within Software as a Service and Enterprise software businesses. He has spent over 30 years driving corporate worldwide revenue growth and market expansion efforts. Mr. Maloney’s career was built during his 28-year career with IBM, where he led in multiple sales and sales management positions throughout Asia, Europe and the United States. After IBM, he led as executive vice president of worldwide sales and marketing for Easylink Services International Corporation, executive vice president of worldwide sales with Network General Corporation and vice president of worldwide sales with Check Point Software Technologies.
F. Glenn Richardson
Glenn Richardson is the former president of FedBid, Inc. and currently serves as senior advisor to the chairman and chief executive officer. He provides strategic direction and leadership; guides strategic relationship management; and, develops policies and objectives to align with overall corporate strategy. A noted industry advisor, consultant and speaker, he represents the company in various professional forums and in the media. Mr. Richardson brings over 25 years of experience working with various government agencies and corporate sector businesses and a record of successful results through innovative solutions to complex business challenges. He is a former partner at Deloitte LLP where he led a strategic engagement with a major global client to analyze and quantify procure-to-pay processes and identified potential annual savings of more than $200M associated with implementing e-commerce initiatives. He is also a former partner at Arthur Andersen LLP where he led the Strategy, Finance and Economics team and was the first three-time winner of the Consultants’ Choice Award. He has served clients in defense agencies, unified commands and in the United States Army, Marines, Navy and Air Force; the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency; the National Security Agency; the Central Intelligence Agency; the Department of Veterans Affairs; the Department of Homeland Security; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and, numerous private sector enterprises. His military assignments included the U.S. Army Special Operations Command; U.S. Army, Europe; service in Operation Desert Storm; and, The Joint Staff. Mr. Richardson earned a Master of Arts from the US Naval War College, a Master of Business Administration from Syracuse University and undergraduate degrees from North Carolina State University.
Robert A. Rudzki
Robert A. Rudzki is a former Fortune 500 senior vice president and chief procurement officer, who now assists other companies achieve breakthrough financial performance through his advisory firm Greybeard Advisors. Prior to founding Greybeard Advisors in 2004, Mr. Rudzki served as senior vice president for Bayer Corp, the North American subsidiary of Bayer AG. At Bayer, he led a nationally-recognized transformation that generated significant improvements in costs and working capital and was a finalist for Purchasing Magazine’s Medal of Excellence. Prior to Bayer, he was an executive at Bethlehem Steel Corp., where he oversaw Bethlehem’s global procurement and logistics activities. During his tenure, Bethlehem’s procurement organization was recognized as "top quartile" in a global benchmarking study conducted by A.T. Kearney and was also twice recognized by Purchasing Magazine as a "Best Place to Work." In addition, Mr. Rudzki co-author of three leading supply management books: "Straight to the Bottom Line®" its sequel "Next Level Supply Management Excellence" and "On-Demand Supply Management”. He has also authored the leadership book "Beat the Odds: Avoid Corporate Death and Build a Resilient Enterprise”. He is a past member of the Advisory Board of Purchasing Magazine and has authored numerous articles and by-lines and writes a blog at Supply Chain Management Review.
Douglas Stuck has been with FedBid since its inception in 1999 and spent the past 13 years implementing enterprise-wide, organizational change initiatives for federal government clients. His leadership has been critical in building and driving the core base of the company’s client base. His role with FedBid affords him the opportunity to work directly with acquisition and policy executives to implement strategic sourcing programs by combining innovative techniques and proven lessons learned from best in class federal leaders. Prior to joining FedBid, he worked for GE Capital Information Technology Services.
RADM (Ret) Leonard "Lenn" Vincent
RADM Lenn Vincent is the Industry Chair at the Defense Acquisition University (DAU). He uses his defense and industry experience, expertise and perspective to advise government and industry on matters relative to contracting and program management issues. When he retired from the U.S. Navy on August 1, 1999 at the rank of Rear Admiral, he was the Commandant, Defense Systems Management College (DSMC). Prior to leading DSMC, RADM Vincent had served as the Logistics, Ordnance and Fleet Supply Officer for Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, where he established policy and coordinated logistics requirements to support supply chain operations in the Pacific Fleet and Indian Ocean. He was the Commander of the Defense Contracts Management Command (now DCMA), and also served as the senior acquisition executive responsible for procurement policy within the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). As former Vice President at CACI International and American Management Systems, RADM Vincent was responsible for working with senior Department of Defense and Industry leaders to build long-term business relationships and to help identify solutions to acquisition, logistics, and financial management challenges. He has served as President and is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Contract Management Association; he serves on the Board of Directors of the Navy League National Capital Council and NDIA Washington DC Chapter, the Board of Visitors of the Defense Acquisition University, and the Board of Directors Procurement Round Table. RADM Vincent holds a Master’s in Business Administration from George Washington University, is a Certified Navy Material and Acquisition Professional, and is DAWIA Level III certified in both Contracting and Logistics.
Hon. John J. Young Jr.
John Young is currently the principal in JY Strategies, LLC and a founding member of E6 Partners, LLC. He serves on the board of SRI International, the Georgia Tech Research Corporation and the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. He is also a member of the Georgia Tech Aerospace Engineering School Advisory Committee. Mr. Young recently completed service as the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, overseeing $200 billion of Department of Defense research, development, procurement and logistics programs. In this position, he led an unprecedented Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Vehicle program, drove the use of competitive prototyping, completed a remarkable swap of shipbuilding workload, established new milestone procedures through the new DoD 5000 instruction and defined and achieved a broad set of goals within the AT&L organization. Mr. Young previously served as the Director of Defense Research and Engineering (DDR&E) and as the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition. His experience also includes 10 years as a senior staff member with the U.S. Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. During his Pentagon tenure, he was awarded the Department of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff and Army Distinguished Civilian Service Awards, as well as the Department of the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award. Mr. Young is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He has a Master's degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University and a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.